Brewers Arms made a winning start to their Portsmouth Men’s Winter League division A campaign as they beat Graham Arms A 5-4 in their season opener.
James Snook put Graham ahead, before Richard Furness and Mason Riou were on the mark for Brewers – with Riou hitting an 18-dart leg.
Mark Mihell restored parity for Graham but Brewers then took three sets to win the match, thanks to Dave Kattenhorn, Paul Easterbrook and Julian Court.
After securing the points, Brewers didn’t win another leg.
Paul Skeates took the penultimate clash and Kevin Gilchrist won the final set, signing off with a 117 game-shot for an 18-dart leg.
Duke of Devonshire A beat Clarence Gardens 5-4.
Paul Simmons, Bill Bevan and John Elverson scored wins for Duke.
Dave Stewart, Billy Thompson, Dean Kilford and Karl McCarthy got the Clarence replies.
However, it was Duke’s Pete McKeon who settled the contest.
Mother Shipton came from behind twice against Shearer Arms A to open their division C account with a 5-4 triumph.
John Holt and Ray Passfield gave Shearer a 2-0 lead.
Pat O’Shea scored 180 for Shipton.
Shearer then restored their two-leg advantage through Arnie le Rouge, only for Shipton’s Keith Mayne and Colin Dollery to square the match.
Jason Sidaway once more gave Shearer the lead but Darren Warnes and Mark Lyons wrapped up victory for Shipton.
Newly-promoted Raven B made themselves at home in division D as they beat Rose in June A 5-4.
Raven’s Jerry Goddard struck first before James Dugan and Jim Dugan put Rose 2-1 up.
Allen Shaw made it 2-2, Paul Saynor put Rose 3-2 up, but then Bob Steel and Ken O’Hara scored wins for Raven.
Rose’s Dave Lennox kept his side in the match before the deciding clash went to Raven’s James Foster.
League-newcomers Lord Chichester B performed well in a 5-4 loss to Barley Mow in division E.
Mow’s David Plater got the opener but Paul Collins and Dean Charman put Chichester in the driving seat.
Michael Etherington and Rae Lawson soon had Mow back ahead, only for Rob Mac to level for Chichester.
Mow were on the brink of victory after Andy Lawson put them 4-3 up.
Chichester refused to roll over, though, as Keith Taylor claimed the penultimate bout, before an impressive 130 game-shot from Mow’s Fred Stevens gave his team the match.
Paul Gibbs (Newcome Arms A) started the season in style with a pair of 18-dart legs, finishing on 121 and 164.
John Richmond (Newcome Arms A) checked out on 119, while team-mate Shane Filleul hit a 116 game-shot.
Alan Deluchi (Phoenix Public Bar A) checked out on 13, Rich Morry (Battle of Minden B) had a 111 finish, Neil Sheppard (Rose in June B) hit a 110 game-shot and Malcolm Tilley (George & Dragon) and Les Stallard (Old House at Home) hit 105 and 103 finishes respectively.
Jamie Stewart (Phoenix Lounge) hit 180 in a 13-dart leg, and Dean Jones (Newcome Arms A) fired a 16-dart effort.
Jason Crawley (Phoenix Lounge A) and Steve Rackett (Old House at Home) both threw 17-dart legs, with Rackett checking out on 124.
Daniel Legg (Rose In June B), Paul Rowe, Lee O’Donovan, Clive Dunn (all Froddington Arms B) and Steve Musson and Andy Jenkins (both Admiral Drake B) all threw 18-dart legs, with O’Donovan also scoring 180 and Jenkins hitting a 103 finish.
Peter Scott, Mark Smith (both Stag A), Rob Louth (Pelham Arms A) and Bob Crawley (Phoenix Lounge) all fired in maximums.